April 29, 2005

Anidjar, Gil
[CLME G4050] Freud & Derrida: An Introduction

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

A decidedly odd man, I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is remotely interested in understanding how Freud and Derrida thought. Prof. Anidjar cares deeply about the material and it comes across in his instruction, which is highly specific. His strongest point is also his weakest: he seems to believe that reading should be a slow and painful process. The effort can be both endlessly rewarding and draining, and not always successful (nor, I suppose, should it be). Prof. Anidjar adds new dimension to the phrase "too cool for school" and takes himself entirely too seriously (and yet, he is the most caustically sarcastic man I've ever met). Those however, are only personal observations, and on a whole, the class and Prof. Anidjar are highly recommended.